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Ryan Irons
Ryan “RJay” Irons ’14
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Why did you choose to attend UNH?

My two main reasons for choosing to attend the University of New Haven were its close proximity to my home and the fact that the campus has its own police department. As a criminal justice major, I knew that having access every day to police officers with experience in the field was an opportunity not many schools could provide.

What do you like most about UNH?

Now that I have been at UNH for a few years, the thing I like most is the size of our classes. The professors and staff at the University truly care about the students and put in the time and effort to ensure that we succeed in our course of study.

What extra-curricular clubs and organizations are you involved in?

Outside of the classroom, there are so many different ways to get involved on campus. With over 160 clubs and organizations, there is something for everyone at UNH! I am the Eminent Treasurer of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, President of the UNH student chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association (CJ Club), and Admissions Team Tour Guide. I also work at the Beckerman Recreation Center as a Fitness Attendant and RECSports Official.

What do you feel you are getting out of your major?

The criminal justice program at UNH offers experiences that most universities simply cannot offer. All of the professors here have experience in their fields and are able to focus classroom learning on conversations about real-life events instead of giving lectures strictly by the textbook. The knowledge you gain from the dialogue in class is important because it tells you exactly what the profession is like, compared to what the book says. You get to see the good, the bad, and even the ugly.

What are your plans for the future?

After graduation, I plan on becoming a Police Officer and working my way up through the ranks. I want to be a command-level professional, with the ultimate goal of becoming Chief of Police one day. This is a task that is going to take well over 20 years, but with hard work, determination, and motivation, I know I will be able to achieve it.

Do you have any advice for other students?

As an incoming student or as a current student, you will face challenges. These challenges are not meant to deter you from achieving your goals but to help you learn from the experiences. Use all of the resources available to you. Every- thing is there to ensure that you are getting the help you need to realize your dreams.